Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Glass Etched Liquor Bottles

I have exciting news:

I bought a Silhouette!

It’s true, I finally broke down and bought one. I’ve been planning projects in my head for months, so with Christmas fast approaching and thus upcoming Christmas presents to be made, I bit the bullet and bought one.

I know, I know, I wanted a Le Creuset dutch oven… So that is now put on hold. The sole reason why my lovely Silhouette beat out the Le Creuset was because I am still decorating my new home, and the Silhouette would play a key role in that. If I bought the Le Creuset instead, my home would remain unfinished.

So when I ordered my Silhouette, I ordered a couple other things at the same time for what I knew just had to be my first project:

Adhesive Vinyl.

Glass Etching Cream.

That’s right! Time to do some glass etching!

In our kitchen/dining area, we have this striking black demilune chest with a matching mirror above it. It’s really a beautiful piece of furniture. Though it was in the living room at our old place, its new location leant itself well to become a small bar area on top. We bought a black tray, and instead of buying fancy liquor bottles, I decided I should make some myself and customize them by etching the glass. Not surprisingly, we have a wine theme throughout the house, so as a twist on the usual liquor bottles, I saved a few different clear wine bottles to use.

Now let me tell you, clear wine bottles are not as common as you might think, so I did actually have to have this planned for a while to get three different clear bottles. But I’m so glad I did, because these turned out fabulous!

So let’s jump in to the project!

I started by creating in the Silhouette software how I wanted each label to look: Vodka, Scotch, Tequila. I wanted them all to be a little unique, but still appear as a set. Once I had it all arranged, I ran the vinyl through the cutter to get my outlines for the etching cream.

I adhered the vinyl to each bottle (all three thoroughly cleaned) and applied the etching cream.

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I applied two applications of 8 minutes each, and washed off after each application **Note – do not wash this off in a ceramic sink. I don’t have a ceramic sink so I can’t speak from experience, but I hear it’s bad.

This was so easy to do, and the results are fantastic! They look both unique and professional, and no one would’ve guessed I made them in my kitchen one Sunday night with old wine bottles. If you have a cutting machine, you have to give it a try!

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21 comments:

  1. These look so great! how much was the machine? :)

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  2. Love it! I'm SO jealous of your new purchase!

    Are you still overseas?

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  3. Awesome job! And that certainly beats using an x-acto knife--wow, now I *really* want a silhouette!

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  4. I'm impressed, those look fabulous!

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  5. This is the best thing I've seen in ages. I am soooo going to try this!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  6. HI there! I am your newest follower from the weekend blog hop!! I love finding new blogs and your is lovely:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    Take a *peek* at my giveaways if you stop by. Everything is handmade and gorgeous!!

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  7. What did you use as stoppers for the tops of the bottles, just silver wine stoppers?

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  8. OMGOsh, I ♥♥♥ your bottles. They do look professionally done. I have the cricut machine so I will be trying this. Thanks for the inspirationĊ¸

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  9. I love your blog :) I found you at C.R.A.F.T. and I am your newest follower! After seeing this post, I REALLY want a silhouette now! haha :)

    www.thecraftycrystal.blogspot.com

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  10. Katie, These are gorgeous! Fantastic idea! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a feature button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  11. I bought my Le Creuset at the factory outlet for a steal, and they also regularly have them at TJMaxx/Marshalls...less colors at the latter, but I wouldn't pay full price knowing how often I see them marked down!

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  12. You are not helping my Silhouette envy! This is great!

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  13. Well...those are just beautiful! I agree with Patty above.....a bit of Silhouette envy! Need to check this machine out! Thank you!

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  14. These are ABSOLUTELY fabulous. BEYOND fabulous! What a terrific job.

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  15. Totally love that idea! I've been itching to etch something lol Now you've given me ideas!

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  16. I love this so much I featured it on my blog today :)
    hope that is ok and come check it out when you have a moment!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  17. How did I miss these! Party at your house!!

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  18. Your bottles came out great! What brand of etching cream did you use?

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